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kev_7680
Posted: Aug 30, 2022 - 08:27 pm


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I just got 3 old/ new trolling reels from my father but they have no line counters. Is there a way I can add one or anyone know a trick to count it out like number of rotations of spool? Thanks Kevin G

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Posted: Aug 30, 2022 - 08:32 pm


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I'm pretty sure that Rapala and Berkely make one. Or you can always use them as lead core reels you'll know how many feet by the colors you put on them.

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Posted: Aug 30, 2022 - 09:22 pm


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I have 2 level wind reels, one with a counter and one without.

On the one without, I measured how much line came off when the guide went from one side of the spool to the other. 12 feet.



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Posted: Aug 31, 2022 - 04:04 am


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Yeah, they aren't the best, but they do work.

If you want to get into salmon fishing and find it's something you'll enjoy, then I recommend buying some great reels.

The baseline line-counting reel that most guys/charters use is the Okuma Cold Water 303D or 453D: https://www.amazon.ca/Okuma-Water-Linecount...6X4M?th=1&psc=1

The best line-counting reel, in my opinion, but a bit pricey, is the Tekota 600HG LC: https://fishingworld.ca/products/shimano-tekota-600hg-lc. It's hard to find these right now, but Gagnon in Whitby had a bunch last time I was there. Note that most people do not have Tekotas from what I've seen. They typically go for cheaper options. I'm a big fan of buy once, cry once.

I use Tekota 500s on my dipsy rods and put 300 yards of 50 lbs braid on them. I like full braid on my dipsy rods because it allows me to reset my dipsy easily. Plus, I use a snubber after my dipsy along with 10+ feet of mono that gives it a bit of stretch.

I use Tekota 600s on my downrigging rods and put 200 yards of 50 lbs braid on them, along with 200 yards of 25 lbs mono. I like the 200 yards of mono because it gives a bit of stretch to the line, which means the salmon won't pull the darn lure out of their mouths.


The Okumas are great and dependable. But once you use a Tekota, you won't want to use anything else. You can try mine when we meet later in the year.

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022 - 01:09 pm


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yup, those are the standard now, but I still have some convectors and they were built well also

but for the price difference. i would go with the coldwater series.....

It really depends on how much use you will put them through each year

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Posted: Aug 31, 2022 - 04:01 pm


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I bought this reel in mid June OKUMA Reels Convector Lowprofile and it has worked flawlessly since but that is 2 months now and I don't fish for salmon though.

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Posted: Sep 02, 2022 - 07:28 pm


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I was given some abu ambassador 7000s that didn't have line counters so I put on some depth hunter by power pro. I use them with dipsey divers on Erie. It is a metered line with colors like leadcore. There is a color change every 25' and a white and black tick every 5'. Very easy to use. 2

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Posted: Sep 03, 2022 - 05:00 pm


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I would also add leadcore line to those reels. Very easy to keep count on how many colours you have out and it would simplify things.

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Posted: Sep 03, 2022 - 05:58 pm


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QUOTE (sdcaller @ Aug 30, 2022 - 09:22 pm)
I have 2 level wind reels, one with a counter and one without.

On the one without, I measured how much line came off when the guide went from one side of the spool to the other. 12 feet.



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